Alan James (poet)

Alan James is a South African writer, now living in Australia. A former law lecturer, and the founder of the poetry journal Upstream, he has published seven collections of poetry. In 1995, James received the Olive Schreiner Prize for Morning near Genandendal.[1] m He has more recently published two volumes of day-to-day bible readings.


  • The Dictator (1972)
  • From Bitterfontein (1974)
  • At a Rail Halt (1981)
  • Producing the Landscape (1987)
  • Morning Near Genadendal (1992)
  • Ferry to Robben Island (1996)
  • The First Bushman's Path: Stories, Songs and Testimonies of the /Xam of the northern Cape: versions with commentary (2001)
  • "They will call him Immanuel" (2017)
  • "The Messiah must suffer and rise" (2017)

James maintains a website at


  • Klemperer, Margaret (2002). "Preserving a lost culture". The Natal Witness, 7 March 2002, p. 11.
  • English Academy of South Africa Newsletter 16, 1996, pg 3.
  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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